Queen Elizabeth II made Marcus Setchell, the gynecologist who helped deliver Britain’s Prince George on July 22, Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order. The Queen announced the honor in her New Year’s Honour List on Dec. 31, 2013.
Also honored was Caroline Cassells, matron at King Edward VII's Hospital where the Duchess was treated for hyperemesis (severe morning sickness). Cassells, who helped treat Kate, was named Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order.
Setchell and Cassells are in good company. Queen Elizabeth II has bestowed honors on famous actors, actresses, and musicians:
Brian May: In 2005, legendary Queen guitarist turned astrophysicist Brian May, 66, was appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his service to the music industry and charity work.
Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and John Lennon: Three members of the Beatles were made Members of the Order of the British Empire in 1965. Additionally, the Queen knighted Paul McCartney in 1997 for his services to music.
Actress Judi Dench: In 1970, Dench, now 79, was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. In 1988, Queen Elizabeth II made Dench a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, and in 2005, she was appointed as Companion of the Order of the Companions of Honour.
Henry Irving: A stage actor, Irving is the first actor ever to achieve knighthood. He was knighted in 1895 for his services to the stage by Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle.